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by H. Owen Reed (Grade 4, 4:30)

This is H. Owen Reed’s first work for band from 1947. It represents one of the earliest attempts to incorporate elements of what was then a new jazz style called bebop into a concert work for band. Commissioned by Leonard Falcone and the Michigan State University Band it was premiered in 1947. Built on two themes, the opening is a chant-like section followed by a low brass motive which grows into a jazz-influenced section and culminates with the full ensemble on the opening theme.


“… a true gem for the modern wind ensemble. His first work for band, it was extremely progressive and has stood the test of time. It still sounds amazingly fresh with its blend of jazz and neo-romantic charm.” – William Berz, Conductor, Rutgers University Wind Ensemble

Spiritual - PDF Score and Parts

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